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Latest CBB News > Archives > Jan 28, 2000
Jan 28, 2000

1. CORPS RECOMMENDS AGAINST JOHN DAY DRAWDOWN
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The Corps of Engineers has judged that the benefits to fish are too
few, and the economic costs too great, to pursue further studies aimed
at determining the viability of either breaching John Day Dam or drawing
down its reservoir to enhance the survival of listed Snake River salmon
and steelhead species.
The estimated up-front cost of implementing the four drawdown scenarios
studied range from $2 billion to $4.9 billion. Total annual costs, which
include annualized implementation ...
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2. DRAWDOWN STUDY DRAWS MIXED REACTION
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Politicians and business interests say the Corps of Engineers John
Day Dam recommendation makes perfect sense.
But conservation groups and fishing interests say the Corps ignored
biological logic with its findings that a John Day drawdown would incur
great costs and bring little benefit to threatened and endangered salmon
and steelhead species.
The Corps on Thursday released a summary report of its John Day Dam
Drawdown Phase I study draft report, "Salmon Recovery Through the ...
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3. TRIBES MEET WITH CEQ, AGENCIES
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The four Columbia River treaty tribes took their complaints about the
federal government's failure to consult with them on salmon issues to Washington,
D.C., this week.
Yakima, Warm Springs, Umatilla and Nez Perce tribal leaders met with
representatives of numerous federal agencies, including the regional director
of the National Marine Fisheries Service and the CEO of the Bonneville
Power Administration. White House Council on Environmental Quality Chairman
George Frampton, who heard ...
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4. EASTERN OREGON MEETING TURNOUT BASHES NMFS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Farmers, ranchers and loggers took turns in Pendleton Jan. 25 bashing
the 4(d) Rules proposed by the National Marine Fisheries Service.
More than 80 people attended the public hearing, the ninth of 15 scheduled
in the Northwest, to hear about and comment on the proposed rules for 14
species of steelhead and salmon listed as threatened under the federal
Endangered Species Act.
The 4(d) rules are an ESA mechanism for protecting threatened as opposed
to endangered species. They also proposed
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5. STATES, TRIBES VIE FOR CHINOOK HARVEST
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
The National Marine Fisheries Service on Thursday told tribal and non-tribal
fishers that there might not be enough Columbia-Snake river spring chinook
salmon to satisfy everyone's harvest desires this year.
Documents sent to NMFS last month indicate treaty tribes would like
to harvest up to 9 percent of this year's run, predicted to be the largest
since 1977. Oregon and Washington would like to allow non-tribal sport
and commercial fishers to take up to 2 percent over the next few ...
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6. OREGON SETS WILLAMETTES CHINOOK HARVEST LEVELS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Oregon set harvest levels for returning Willamette River spring chinook
at the lower of two options and further reduced harvest in the Clackamas
and North Santiam rivers.
Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife staff laid out two options for
this years harvest, the higher a 20 percent level and a recommended harvest
level of 15 percent, at the Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission meeting
last week. Commissioners voted unanimously for the lower option as the
state prepares for recovering the
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7. DEQ ASKED TO BE STRICT ON CHANNEL DEEPENING
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Environmental groups asked Oregons Department of Environmental Quality
to either add strict conditions to a water quality certification that would
allow a project to deepen the Columbia River channel to proceed, or to
all together deny the permit -- a stand that would stop the project dead
in its tracks.
The Columbia Deepening Opposition Group has called on the state of Oregon
to flex some sensible muscle and resolve the issue before lawyers must
file suits to stop the project.
The ...
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8. MOST STREAMFLOW FORECASTS ABOVE AVERAGE
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
If the weather phenomenon known as La Nina is to deliver above-normal
precipitation to the Columbia Basin as forecast, it must have saved its
best for last.
After a relatively "dry" December, skies began to pour forth in the
new millennium to push streamflow forecasts for most of the region slightly
above average.
The Basin's northern region seemed to have faired the best in early
winter at building snowpacks that would help fish and farmers during the
dry summer months.
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9. OREGON LISTS GROUND SQUIRREL AS ENDANGERED
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Oregon listed as endangered last week a squirrel that inhabits small
sections of desert scrub land in Northeast Oregon and comes out of its
burrow only four months of the year.
The Oregon Fish and Wildlife Commission listed the Washington ground
squirrel after nearly five hours of presentations, deliberation and public
comment, including objections to listing by two Eastern Oregon legislators
who are on legislative committees that could control Oregon Department
of Fish and Wildlife purse
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10. GROUPS CHALLENGE NMFS' CRI ANALYSIS
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Key flaws must addressed if the ongoing National Marine Fisheries Service
scientific analysis is to provide the underpinnings for regional fish and
wildlife recovery action, according to a report sent to the agency's top
regional official this week.
"Seven Questions About the Cumulative Risk Initiative" criticizes the
modeling effort's methods and data as steering the region toward overly
optimistic conclusions. The report was produced by Gretchen R. Oosterhout,
Ph.D of Eagle Point, Ore.,
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11. IDAHO FISH AND GAME GETS NEW DIRECTOR
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
A former director of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources was
named this week director of the Idaho Department of Fish and Game. The
appointment came after the post had been empty since last year.
Rodney Sando was unanimously selected by the seven Idaho Fish and Game
Commissioners Thursday, completing a nationwide search which began in October
1999. He will begin work in early April.
The Commission had been united in its determination to hire someone
who has successfully led ...
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12. TMT MAKES CHANGES TO PROTECT MARKET INFO
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
Changes to guidelines on how the regions Technical Management Team
will operate in the future are designed to protect proprietary or market-sensitive
information. Those guidelines were all but approved at this weeks TMT
meeting.
The Bonneville Power Administration had asked for some change in procedure,
whether restricting portions of meetings to TMT members only or restricting
access to proposed system operations requests, according to notes from
TMTs Dec. 15, 1999 meeting. SORs, ...
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13. CBB INTERVIEW: JUDI JOHANSEN, BPA CEO
Posted on Wednesday, October 01, 2003 (PST)
( Editors note: Larry Swisher, independent political columnist for
Northwest newspapers, recently interviewed BPA Administrator Judi Johansen
in Washington D.C. The following is an account of their discussion.)
 
Bonneville Power Administration CEO Judi Johansen is defending the
Federal Caucus' decision in December not to propose a Columbia Basin salmon
plan and instead seek regional discussion of its All-H Paper.
"The reaction we've gotten from the region is, 'Gosh, feds. You ...
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